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Join us on May 27th from 5-9pm at Pine Belt Arena

HOPE Sheds Light is sponsoring the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office/DART Coalition of Ocean County event, “Can We Talk – Are You Listening?” on May 27th, 2014 at the Pine Belt Arena from 5pm-9pm.

The event is expected to have over 1,200 attendees, including parents, teachers, children, community leaders and local law enforcement. Those in attendance are encouraged to stop by the HOPE Sheds Light table for a meet and greet.

Philip Seymour Hoffman died yesterday. He was found with a needle still wedged into his arm, heroin believed to be the culprit.

For over five years, I had thought Step One was easy: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” I certainly felt powerless, and I wasn’t managing my life very well. Then one day, in yet another attempt to help my alcoholic daughter, I had an epiphany.

I’ve never been an “accepter.” If something needed action (in my mind), I took action to fix it or to advise someone else how to fix it. If someone was hurting, I told them what to do to feel better. If someone was misbehaving, I let them know that what they were doing was wrong…

Our children grew up in Lacey Township, New Jersey. During their pre-teen and teen years, I spoke openly about boys, drinking and drugs, as well as many other life’s do’s and don’ts.